Articles by: William Nicholas Gomes

 Release Father Stan Swamy

 Release Father Stan Swamy

Dear Rachael Maskell MP,  I am William Nicholas Gomes; I am your constituent and a human rights activist and freelance journalist. I am writing about the Indian Jesuit priest and human rights defender, Fr Stan Swamy SJ, who has been taken into custody by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India for alleged Maoist links. Fr Stan is 83 years old[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020 Human Rights
Release  imprisoned human rights defenders amid COVID-19 outbreak

Release  imprisoned human rights defenders amid COVID-19 outbreak

Mr Amit Shah Union Home Minister of India Ministry of Home Affairs Government of India   Dear Home Minister, I am William Nicholas Gomes, a British Human rights activist and freelance journalist. I am writing to share my great concern regarding the situation of student activists Safoora Zargar, who is four months pregnant, Meeran Haider,  Shifa-Ur-Rehman and Sharjeel Imam,  all[Read More…]

by May 27, 2020 Human Rights
Give refugees temporary leave to remain during Covid-19 crisis

Give refugees temporary leave to remain during Covid-19 crisis

Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA Dear Prime Minister, I hope that your recovery continues apace and that you will soon be back to full health. I write to you in supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to ask you to grant a period of leave to remain, with recourse to public funds and[Read More…]

by May 3, 2020 Human Rights
India: Letter to Finance Minister on proposed amendments in IT Act

India: Letter to Finance Minister on proposed amendments in IT Act

The Finance Minister Ministry of Finance Government of India New Delhi 110001 Dear Nirmala Sitharaman, I am writing this letter to seek an appointment to submit a representation on some of the clauses of the Finance Bill, 2020 which will adversely affect the not-for-profit sector and as a result weaken the work on poverty alleviation and other charitable causes. Firstly[Read More…]

by February 19, 2020 India
India: Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims

India: Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims

To the attention of Prof. Fernand de Varennes Special Rapporteur on minority issues Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland CC: Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief   Re: India: Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims Dear Prof.Fernand de Varennes:  I am William Nicholas Gomes, a British Human Rights Activist and[Read More…]

by December 26, 2019 India
Open Letter To New Zealand Prime Minister

Open Letter To New Zealand Prime Minister

Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister PO Box 18888 Parliament Buildings Wellington NEW ZEALAND Dear Madam Prime Minister, I’m William Gomes, Human rights defender and Freelance journalist based in York, United Kingdom. Like many other British round, the country, I had been appalled to wake up to news of the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that[Read More…]

by March 17, 2019 World
Where Is Mugilan?

Where Is Mugilan?

The Chairperson National Human Rights Commission Manav Adhikar Bhawan Block-C, GPO Complex, INA New Delhi- 110023 Dear Chairperson,  I am William Gomes, Human rights defender and Freelance journalist. According to the information received from  Front Line Defenders, as of 4 March 2019, human rights defender Shanmugam Thangasamy, better known as RS Mugilan, remains missing. On 15 February 2019, RS Mugilan[Read More…]

by March 9, 2019 Human Rights
India: Drop the charges against human rights defenders

India: Drop the charges against human rights defenders

I am writing to voice my deep concern about the the arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Varavaa Rao, as I strongly believe that they are directly linked to their peaceful and legitimate work in defence of human rights.

by September 1, 2018 Human Rights
Release Shahidul Alam immediately from arbitrary detention

Release Shahidul Alam immediately from arbitrary detention

According to the information received, on August 5, 2018 at around 10.30 pm, Mr. Shahidul Alam was forcibly taken from his house in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, by a group of men in plain clothes, who identified themselves as officers of the Detective Branch (DB) of the Police. Mr. Shahidul Alam’s house was searched and all the CCTV cameras were destroyed.

by August 9, 2018 Human Rights
Anti-Coal Power Plant Activist Threatened With Death In Banlgadesh: Ensure Safety Of Anu Muhammad

Anti-Coal Power Plant Activist Threatened With Death In Banlgadesh: Ensure Safety Of Anu Muhammad

On 13 October 2016, Anu Muhammad received two messages on his phone from the same number. The first one was sent at approximately 1 am and stated “Death keeps no calendar, and Ansatullah knows no time!”. The second one was sent at 8.43 pm, when he was on his way to Rampura police station to file a complaint about the first threat. It said “Say ‘yes’ to Rampal, otherwise, you must will be hacked to death incredibly by us!”.

Political Responses And Interventions To Dhaka café Terror attack: A critical perspective

Political Responses And Interventions To Dhaka café Terror attack: A critical perspective

  The article will critically examine and explore the recent Dhaka café terror attack. It will specifically examine the role of the law enforcement agencies in handling the crisis and will question the effectiveness and appropriateness of law enforcers’ interventions. In addressing this issue, the key focus will remain whether the human rights of victims and perpetrators were respected (Masferrer[Read More…]

by July 12, 2016 South Asia